SonOfSolo wrote:that guy wrote:IMHO it's a sense of entitlement that some people have that every store should be about the same either for the sake of people's convenience or greed and when that doesn't happen all heck breaks loose.
Funny you mentioned the word greed from a consumers point of view when the greed factor is clearly shown here by Target. You say "it's only a dollar". But how many dollars on how many figures. I understand that pricing happens. Like for oil or products that cost more to make etc. But these have already been paid for by Target, pricing was established, items were sold, and due to popularity, prices were raised. Not because Lego raised Targets price point but because of GREED!
Hey, I'm not arguing that it isn't greed in play here, or at least capitalizing on a hot item....hmmmm let me think, can anyone say Tickle me Elmo, Zhu Zhu pets, etc...... but at the end of the day, move on to a store that makes you happy and provides a good service.
As a traveling management trainer I'm reminded of a story I used to open my seminars with...
I would ask the group how many people have been disappointed after shopping in a Walmart. Inevitably almost everyone in the room would raise their hands. I'd go on to tell them that I've NEVER been disappointed after shopping in a Walmart and I'd get gasps from the from to the back of the room. I'd go on to tell them that I never was disappointed because I never went into Walmart with any expectations, and thus I never left disappointed. Moral of the story is if you set your expectation counter to the environment you're entering based on anecdotal evidence from people you talk to or hear from you will most likely leave disappointed. I will agree that Target messed up big time by changing the price mid-stream however that doesn't surprise me because of who they are and what they offer. And to your point, there are about 1700 Target stores domestically, and if each store got 2 boxes that's about 200k minifigs, which after the price increase nets them an additional $200k and trust me, at the end of the day that's peanuts for them but still an extra margin they chose to squeak out. I don't begrudge them at all for the $3 price, it just the way they handled it that's not right, but again, I honestly don't think people would be a peeved about it had they just started out at $2.99. Then people would've just been bummed but it wouldn't be such an issue. And again I ask.....how about those Yankees?